To grow blackberries, find a sunny location in which to plant them, use well-drained soil, space the bushes 3 to 8 feet apart, erect a trellis for support, mulch the plants, water them regularly and prune the shoots. You need sandy soil, mulch, water and a trellis.
- Find a sunny location for the plants
Plant the blackberry bushes in a sunny location with plenty of space for them to grow.
- Prepare the soil
Mix well-drained or sandy soil with organic content.
- Plant the blackberry bushes
Plant the blackberry bushes in shallow holes. Space the bushes 3 to 8 feet apart, depending on the cultivar. Erect bushes need only 3 feet of space, while semi-erect varieties need at least to 5 feet and trailing cultivars need up to 8 feet.
- Erect a trellis
Erect a trellis to properly support the blackberry bushes.
- Mulch the plants
Mulch the bushes regularly in order to keep the soil moist.
- Water the plants
Water the bushes regularly. They need 1 inch of water per week.
- Prune the shoots
Prune the shoots regularly in order to encourage plant and berry growth.
- Harvest the berries
Harvest the berries, making sure to remove the plug of the stem instead of leaving it with the plant.